Wordsmith Gabriel makes top three in writing contest

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Truro School pupil Gabriel Orchard beat hundreds of other youngsters to take third place in the age seven to 10 section of the Rotary Club’s Young Writer competition

4th August 2021

By Juliet Lunam

Talented Truro School pupil Gabriel Orchard is celebrating winning one of the top three places in a national writing competition.

Two months after winning first prize in the district heats of the Rotary Young Writer competition, his short story on the theme of ‘My Happiest Day’ beat hundreds of others to take third place in the junior section (seven - ten years) nationally.

Richard Lingham, organiser of the competition on behalf of the Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. We are all very proud of Gabriel and would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this year’s Rotary Young Writer competition.”

Gabriel’s entry, which tells the story of a neglected and abused orphaned boy whose life had been transformed by a kind woman who adopted him, was inspired by ‘Street Child’, a book by Berlie Doherty which Gabriel had been reading in his English class.

Mum Grainne Riley said she was really happy Gabriel did so well in the competition. She added: “It is a huge encouragement to him to keep writing. Although he loves reading and books and telling stories, the physical act of sitting down to write is harder for him. “

The Young Writer competition is a great way to encourage children to write. It’s open in its approach and the volume of writing is not too intimidating.

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